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post #1 of 13 Old 06-10-2013, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Worst farrier/vet/dentist etc experiences?

Anyone have any real shockers? I've been lucky to have mostly good experiences but there was one farrier that really sticks in my mind...

This farrier would show up on the arranged day but never at a set time, and would go straight to the paddock and catch my horse without me being there! I would have to keep an eye out all day, otherwise he'd be done and at the door ready for his money!

Not too bad really, you think? It gets better... he would do such a bad job, the toes and heels would still be too long and I'd need him back in only three weeks because they were so long! (I was too shy to complain at the time, so he got a lot of money out of me...)

Still not too bad? This bit is what upsets me most. Finally I just wasn't happy, so I got a new farrier - he was lovely, showed up at set time and actually spent time petting and loving my mare for a few minutes, talking to her AND to me, whereas old farrier ignored both of us. Anyway, within about five minutes the new farrier said to me, "You know your mare has seedy toe?"

I was like, "What?! No, he never mentioned it... he never mentioned anything at all..."

New farrier said "He's clearly had a half-hearted go at picking at it but left most of it there..."

I was so upset! New farrier showed me exactly what to look out for, where old farrier had scratched at it, how far into the hoof it was actually going, etc... and actually gave me advice on how to treat it etc. Old farrier never even spoke to me, even when I was standing there. Never showed me anything, nothing.

Maybe I should've had the guts to speak up at the time, but I was VERY shy as a teenager and as a youngster it is a bit intimidating for a grown man to be so rude.

I know, it could've been a LOT worse. Nevertheless, my new farrier would include me with everything, try to show/teach me stuff and get me involved as much as possible. He also NEVER touched my horse until I was there by his side.

I just think that "professionals" should be keeping the owner involved/aware of situations. I'm not a vet or a farrier and that was my first ever experience of seedy toe so I didn't know what I was looking for until new farrier showed me.

Anyone else got anything they'd like to share?

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-10-2013, 12:45 AM
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Last winter my horse began choking on his feed, and when the vet was called he told us to 'just leave him and check on him in the morning.' I wasn't going to leave him and hope for the best so a fellow boarder called her vet. He came out immediately and was there well into the night. He explained everything to us as well as the barn manager and carefully went through what we had to do for the next few weeks. I loved that he kept us updated and came out right away, so I made the obvious decision to switch and my gelding has been great ever since!

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post #3 of 13 Old 06-10-2013, 12:54 AM
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My friend (who keeps my horse for me) is convinced that the vet & farrier we originally had were responsible for prolonging her hoof problems, which started soon after we got her. This involved about 6 months of xrays, patching hooves with epoxy, a couple months stay at a "remedial" boarding place run by a friend of his... All, of course, at considerable cost.

Then after her serious injury, treated by the on-call junior vet at his practice, he made threats about how nobody but him was allowed to treat my friend's horses. So new vets - basically anybody but him - and new farrier, and by the time she had recuperated from the injury, her hooves were perfectly sound, and (knock on wood!) have stayed so ever since.
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I had a farrier trim Aires once and she refused to touch him again unless he was Aced. Thing was, he was three, he'd only been touched by a farrier two or three times so he was nervous, she took for freaking ever just to do a basic trim on him (our normal farrier took 20-25 minutes to trim all the way around...this lady took 1.5 hours!!), and on top of it all, I had literally had shoulder surgery three days before she came out, but there was no one else to hold him and she refused to let him stand tied. She finally made me put a stud chain on Aires, which is something I never had to do with our other farrier. He never kicked or anything like that, he'd just get tired of holding his foot up for half an hour and get antsy. She also made him extremely uncomfortable just with her mannerisms (she would kind of moan/hum to the horse as she worked on them and Aires DID NOT like it, even before he touched him).
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-12-2013, 09:04 PM
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oh my thats so wrong
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post #6 of 13 Old 06-12-2013, 09:49 PM
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I had a farrier hit Sky with his nippers on his side.

I've had them never show up (farrier and a vet), or show up HOURS late without any explanation.

I've had them criticize me as a horse owner because I didn't do things their way (the whole Parelli shake the rope thing, or use a stud chain deal)

I do not give a rude farrier or vet the time of day. If he hurts me or my horse, he's outta there.

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post #7 of 13 Old 06-12-2013, 09:54 PM
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I called the vet out because I thought my yearling had strangles. The vet did not get out of his truck, I had to lead my yearling to him, he barely spent 10 minutes with her, determined she only had an abscess and told me to give her some penicillin. Turns out, she did have strangles and we ended up having to put her down.

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post #8 of 13 Old 06-12-2013, 09:56 PM
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Not me, but my daughter spent close to $400 for a power float for her horse, as we felt something weird in his mouth way way at the back. When I was at her place about 2 months after she had him done, I checked him again, I felt the bumps again way at the back on the cheek side. She dismissed my concerns, "Oh Mother, you are a vet now?" Ok, whatever, your horse. When she took that horse to another vet for something else, the vet checked his mouth, super enough, he had lots of infected ulcers from an improper float job. She had to spend another $200. See, mother does know best! I have a horror story about a vet that killed our heart horse, but I can't tell that one right now, hurts too much, I still miss him.
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-12-2013, 10:16 PM
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Our regular farrier got a broken arm when he got kicked/stepped on, so we had to find a new one. We found one and when he got there, he insisted his "partner" hold the horse, and when she moved her hoof away one time, not kicking or anything, he took the lead and hit her with it so hard that he left a welt on her side. Needless to say he was done there and never came back. It's taken forever for her to be okay with farriers again, especially on that hoof, but she gets better every time.
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-12-2013, 10:48 PM
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A few years back my dad took our two geldings to a lady who was interested in purchasing the one & then the other was in for training. I think the boys had been there for a month maybe? Well she calls & says the vet is coming out to float teeth, everyone is getting done. My dad explained to her that he didn't need to be done as he already was that year. If he had any problems WE would handle it with OUR vet. Head out there a few days later to find out she'd done our gelding anyway. How'd we know? He was headshy from being power floated (this horse had NEVER been power floated - always by hand - in the 4/5 years we'd owned him) & she started demanding money from the vet visit. My dad wasn't smart enough to get out of there before she broke down the other horse & cost us hundreds in vet bills... The poor guy. He would shove his head SO far in the air to evade anything touching his head. It took a lot of calm patience & time to put a bit into his mouth. Worming? Don't even THINK about it. I felt so bad for him. Eventually we got over the bit thing, he does occasionally act up & show issues. Worming though? He STILL has issues with anything being shoved into his mouth like that.
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